Fall 2011, Winter 2012 and Spring 2012 quarters
- Myra Downing
- Fields of Study
- community studies, government, health and leadership studies
- Preparatory for studies or careers in
- public administration, social sciences, human services, and tribal administration and government.
- New students must submit an intake interview form signed by the program director or site faculty. No signature is required of students continuing in the program from the previous year, from students who are transferring from the Grays Harbor Bridge Program or from Northwest Indian College with an AA direct transfer degree.
This program is an upper division (juniors/seniors) program designed for students who have social, cultural or economic ties to tribes. The curriculum is built around three themes that rotate one per year. For 2011-2012 the theme is Rebuilding Native Nations: Strategies for Governance and Development. There are five curricular elements of the program: Core Course, Integrated Skills, Strands, Integrated Seminar, and Independent Study.
The Core Course is a 9-credit unit within the program taught at all sites at the same time with the same readings and assignments, but allows for faculty/student innovation and site specification. In fall, the focus is Tribal Administration, where students introduced to the major trends and issues in Tribal administration will compare and contrast different approaches to tribal management development and the factors contributing to successful nation building. For winter quarter the core theme is Building Healthy Communities, which will focus on the key concepts concerning social change and cultural continuity as it relates to health and human services in Indian communities. For spring quarter the theme is Profiles in Leadership, which explores leadership in both mainstream and tribal contexts, examining how political and social forces create leaders and make history. Each core is taught from a tribal perspective in a global community.
Integrated Skills, including critical thinking and analysis, research and writing, public speaking, collaboration, personal authority, and indigenous knowledge, are taught across the curriculum, integrated into all teaching and learning at the sites and at Saturday classes. Strands, another element, are 2-credit courses taught on four Saturdays per quarter, which allow for breadth in the program and make it possible to invite professionals and experts in specific fields to offer courses that otherwise might not be available to students in the program. The Integrated Seminar held on the same four Saturdays as the Strands is called Battlegrounds, and is a 1-credit workshop generally built around native case studies. The program also includes student initiated work through independent study and a literature requirement for graduation.
Muckleshoot - Fall: 10286 (12), 10287 (v); Winter: 20198 (12), 20199 (v); Spring: 30193 (12), 30194 (v)
Nisqually - Fall: 10288 (12), 10289 (v); Winter: 20200 (12), 20201 (v); Spring: 30195 (12), 30196 (v)
Peninsula - Fall: 10290 (12), 10291 (v); Winter: 20202 (12), 20203 (v); Spring: 30197 (12), 30198 (v)
Port Gamble - Fall: 10292(12), 10293 (v); Winter: 20204 (12), 20205 (v); Spring: 30199 (12), 30200 (v)
Quinault - Fall: 10294 (12), 10295 (v); Winter: 20206 (12), 20207 (v); Spring: 30201 (12), 30202 (v)
Tulalip - Fall: 10296 (12), 10297 (v); Winter: 20208 (12), 20209 (v); Spring: 30203 (12), 30204 (v)
- Online Learning
- Enhanced Online Learning
- Greener Store
- Off Campus Location
- Classes meet at each program tribal site and at the Longhouse on four Saturdays per quarter.
- Offered During
- Evening and Weekend